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    On the Run, But Sure to be Back

    By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) After four years of combat, US-backed combatants have finally flushed members of ISIS out of the last village held by the radical Islamic group. After withstanding a small siege in the town of Baghuz, Syria, the final piece of ISIS controlled land was taken and this nearly 20 year war was ended. Although the ideals still live on and members are still attacking targets in the Middle East, ISIS has lost its most important asset: the ability to tax the people it controls. By controlling major regions of the Middle East, the Islamic State was able to fund the production of military grade weaponry including…

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    What Being an “A”-Rated District Entails

    By Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor) Did you know that St. John’s County recently received an A grade for the last nine years in a row?  Maybe… but what exactly does that mean?  Jackie Pappas believes it comes from “attention to students’ success so overall scores increase and opportunities become more available.”  However, she also said that it places more of an importance on test scores than the information the students are able to retain in the future.  For more information on what qualifies a district as A-rated (spoiler alert a lot of it is test scores!) and what the A-rated schools all seem to have in common. Click here for…

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    FREE Prom Dress Giveaway

    Show Me Shoes Foundation is doing a FREE prom dress giveaway on March 3, 2018 at The Grand Rose Ballroom for junior and senior girls that may not be able to afford the luxuries of purchasing a dress. The event is called Prom Project 9: More Than a Dress and this is our second year holding the event in Jacksonville however this is the organization’s 9th year hosting the event across the country (Kansas City, MO; Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; and San Diego, CA). Over the last 9 years we have helped over 2,000+ teen girls across the country find the perfect dress for prom along with a day…

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    Farewell, Coach Krause

    By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) and Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor) The Nease football coach, Tim Krause, is resigning as of next season, to be a head coach at Bishop Kenny High School. According to Krause, saying goodbye to the athletes and parents was emotional. However, he is looking forward to returning to Bishop Kenny, the place where he started his coaching career. He has stated that Bishop Kenny holds a “special place in his heart.” After coaching for 8 years at Bishop Kenny before Nease, his ties with Bishop Kenny run deep. Having the experience of head coaching at Nease for 5 years helped him to be chosen for…

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    SOUPer Bowl: Great Event—Even Greater Cause

    By Hannah Favorite (Co-Publisher) The 2019 SOUPer Bowl took place January 31 at Nease High School and raised approximately $30,000 from ticket sales and donations. Money raised at the event will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that fills backpacks with food for children in need to take home on weekends. Tickets were sold for $25 dollars each and donations were taken as well. Each attendee was able to bring home a bowl made by a St. Johns County student and was able to try 26 soups provided by various restaurants in the community. At the end of the event, each attendee was able to vote on which…

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    Common Core is No More

    By Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Friday afternoon finally disbanding Common Core learning styles in Florida schools. Many are on edge about the potential impact regarding this sudden change.  DeSantis assures that “It will be more geared toward knowledge than maybe just teaching to a test.” However, some parents believe abandoning the Common Core and any program like it a will lead to the abandoning high standards in Florida schools. Many Nease students agree and do not believe it will lead to positive change.  Emily Kochanowski, a Nease Junior, weighs in: “I feel that if you get rid of the Common Core…

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    Nease Votes are in—and the Results are Not the Same as the Rest of FL

    By Alexander Brailsford Although many students do not yet have the ability to legally vote, The Vertical’s mock election granted them the power to voice their preferences in this year’s midterm elections. Some pundits have labeled this year’s elections as the most important of our lifetimes, with many issues potentially arriving at the forefront of the political agenda as Democrats battle the Trump administration. All eyes have been on Florida this year. Millions of dollars were given to campaigns from both in-state and out-of-state contributors. The current governor, Republican Rick Scott, faces term limits and has instead pursued the seat of Democrat Bill Nelson, who was up for reelection. To…

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    Are my SAT/ACT Scores College-Ready?

    Middle 50% Accepted SAT/ACT: Fall 2018 University of Florida Sat: 1300-1450 Act (remember- this is not superscored!): 29-33   University of North Florida Sat: EWR- 610-680; M: 590-670 Act: Composite- 25-29; E/W- 24-30   Florida State University Sat: 1290-1400 Act: 28-32   University of Central Florida Sat: 1280-1370 Act (remember- this is not superscored!): 26-30   University of West Florida Sat: 1130-1230 Act: 23-27   Florida A&M University  Sat: ERW- 550-590, M- 550-590 Act: 18-21   Florida Atlantic University Sat: ERW- 560-640, M- 570-640 Act: English- 20-25, Math- 20-25, Reading- 21-26, Science- 23-27    Florida Gulf Coast University Sat: ERW- 550-620, M-530-600 Act: 24-25   Florida International University Sat: 1280…